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"Giving up is cowardly! Only those who give up, die!"
| (かずこ, Kazuko)
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Kazuko (かずこ), sometimes known as Kaze (かぜ), is one of the bodyguards of Kameyō, and thus is a member of Taiki which is composed of all the bodyguards. She is a former shinobi of Kirigakure. Her partner is Isane Kiko.
Kazuko was once a shinobi of Kirigakure, where she was deeply involved with a young man, whom she loved. However, he went on a mission and never returned, prompting Kazuko to go in search of him. She then came across his dead body, in which he was barely recognizable. She broke down, before eventually taking him and burying him on the outskirts of Kirigakure, and swore revenge on those who killed him.
However, it was later revealed to her, when she overheard a conversation between two of his comrades, that the mission had actually been a set-up and that the ones she worked for had sent Zabuza Momochi and Haku to kill him. She then killed her employers, and set out to kill Zabuza.
In the midst of her searching for Zabuza, she was found by Kameyō and was offered food and shelter. She contemplated the offer and accepted, swearing that she would find Zabuza and kill him for what he had done, while also swearing that she would protect the others members of Taiki.
Kazuko is impulsive, somewhat rude, and can be extremely bossy at times. She rarely thinks through her actions, and she has stated that this is because she "thinks with her heart". In addition to this thinking with her heart, she expresses a care towards her companions and their lives, as she quickly ran to Isane's side after she was cut down by Ko, and even threw herself in front of Isane when Ko attempted to kill her.
Like Naruto, she has a strong determination and unwillingness to give up, even after she has been beat down. Though this often results in her life being strongly threatened, she says that giving up is "cowardly" and that only those who give up die, ironically enough.
- Kazuko bears an odd resemblence to Azumi